Sunday, October 26, 2014

Trunk or Treat 2014

Tonight was our church's Trunk or Treat party. My girls are always far more excited about this event that they are for actual Halloween trick or treating!

Katherine was a wolf this year. She has been obssessed with those creepy werewolf hands for months.
I miss the days when she was a ladybug or Thomas the Tank Engine...
At least Rachel still wants to be cute. She was an adorable kitty!
Complete with a tail.
Trunk or Treat was full of games...
and food...
...and candy. Lots of candy.
The girls collected their loot.
And helped pass out goodies.
And spent lots of time socializing. Because Trunk or Treat is FUN!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I am not a big fan of the long stemmed cut roses that you see in florist shops. They're okay, but nothing to get worked up about. But the rose bush in my backyard is a completely different story. These roses brighten my day every time I look at them. They change colors as they open, from gold to orange to faded pink. They are glorious!

See why I love these roses?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Old Junk

As I wandered around at our country party yesterday, I was reminded again that old farms are full of junk. Run down out buildings. Piles of wire. Rusty pipes. Old farm equipment. Enormous amounts of dust. More spider webs than you could ever imagine. But if you choose to ignore the big picture and just focus on the details, you can find the most interesting images. I happily entertained myself there with my camera, exploring line and texture and light. Here's to old junk...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Farm Friends

Katherine's good friend Henry lives on a farm about half an hour from our house. His family threw a big party today and invited everyone they knew. The girls and I went and had a grand time!

Kate was so glad to see Henry again. She loves her new school, but she misses her old friends.
There was a big picnic, with beef and pork raised on the farm and long rows of dishes provided by everyone else. We ate until we were bursting and then went off to explore the farm and its many inhabitants.

The farm has both dairy and beef cattle, but they wanted nothing to do with the party and spent their time hanging out on the far side of the pasture.
But there were plenty of other animals to see. Pigs...
cranky ducks...
baby chicks...
lazy dogs...
I saw plenty of uninvited critters, too. Like grasshoppers...
garden spiders...
and assassin bugs.
There were hay bales set up so that the kids could watch a cool science show.
Doc Gizmo was quite entertaining and very bright!
My girls were captivated.
Once the show was over, the kids all gravitated toward the giant hay bales. I don't know who helped Rae up on the bales, but once there she was fearless!
That's my Rae girl!
She was glad to give her sister a hand, too.
Then they could both jump from bale to bale.
And enjoy the feeling of being five foot in the air.
Kate always loves being on a farm and she loved hanging out with Henry again.
It was a pretty terrific way to spend the afternoon!

I love birthdays!

the ladybug cake

The Ladybug Sisters


Jie Jie and Mei Mei

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Peeking through the windows

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Katherine and her toothless smile

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
The little one leads the way